January 15, 2024 Minutes

twright@cityofwalcott.com January 15, 2024

The semi-monthly meeting of the City Council of Walcott, Iowa, was held on Monday, January 15, 2024, at Walcott City Hall. Mayor John Kostichek called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council members present: Everett Bieri, Harry Knutsen, Kirk Koberg, Lisa Mengler, and Jacob Puck. Staff present: Jeff Blake, Lisa Rickertsen, and Paul Stagg.

Approval of Agenda. Bieri moved and Koberg seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried.

Consent Agenda. Mengler moved and Bieri seconded to approve the consent agenda including the invoices, Resolution 2024-4, Approving Applications for the City of Walcott Low-and-Moderate Income (LMI) Furnace Replacement Program, and Resolution 2024-5, Transfer of Funds. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Bieri, Puck, Koberg, and Knutsen Motion carried. 

Approval of January 2, 2024 Minutes. Puck moved and Bieri seconded to approve the minutes from January 2, 2024. Motion carried with Knutsen abstaining due to absence from meeting.

Resolution 2024-6, Approving the Designation of State and Local Recovery Funds. Mengler moved and Puck seconded to approve Resolution 2024-6. Roll call ayes: Mengler, Puck, Bieri, Knutsen, and Koberg. Motion carried. Remaining funds will be used towards additional plant upgrades at the water and wastewater treatment plants, security cameras, and generator/electrical upgrades at the Police/Public Works Departments building.

Purchase of High Service Pump VFDs (Variable Frequency Drives) at Water Plant and Control Panel Upgrade VFD at Wastewater Plant. Puck moved and Koberg seconded to purchase 3 high service pump VFDs for the water plant and upgrade the control panel and two VFDs at the wastewater plant, at a total cost of $39,120 from Electric Pump. Motion carried.  

Ordinance 543-24, Amending the Official Zoning Map. Koberg moved and Knutsen seconded to approve the third reading of Ordinance 543-24. Roll call ayes: Koberg, Knutsen, Bieri, Mengler, and Puck. Motion carried. This is to rezone the property located at 303-305 E. Walcott Road from M-2, Moderate Industrial District, to C-2, Central Business District.

Ordinance 544-24, Amending Provisions Pertaining to All-Terrain Vehicles. Koberg moved and Knutsen seconded to approve the second reading of Ordinance 544-24. Roll call ayes: Koberg, Knutsen, Bieri, Mengler, and Puck. Motion carried. These changes better align with state code ATV regulations.

Public Works Department Report. Koberg and Mayor Kostichek thanked the department for a job well done during the recent snow storms.

City Clerk Report. Further budget discussion for fiscal year 2025 will be held during the February 5th regular meeting.

Council Member Comments. Mengler thanked the Fire Department volunteers for their continued commitment to the community, especially during the weekend snow storm.    

Koberg moved and Bieri seconded to adjourn at 6:25 p.m. Motion carried. All votes on motions were unanimous, unless noted. 

January 15, 2024 Signed Minutes & Claims

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